Adele responds to Karl Lagerfeld's 'too fat' comment
Adele has responded to designer Karl Lagerfeld's criticism that she is "a little too fat."
"I've never wanted to look like models on the covers of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that," Adele told People magazine in an interview set to appear in Friday's issue, according to the Reuters news wire.
"I'd lose weight if I was an actress and had to play a role where you're supposed to be 40 pounds lighter, but weight has nothing to do with my career," she added.
The Chanel designer was criticized for his harsh words against the 23-year-old British pop and soul singer, though Lagerfeld considers himself to be a huge fan. He has since attempted to clarify his statement.
"I'd like to say to Adele that I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought," Lagerfeld told Metro World News. "What I said was in relation to Lana Del Rey and the sentence has since been taken out of context from how it was originally published."
"I actually prefer Adele, she is my favorite singer and I am a great admirer of her," Lagerfeld continued. "I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can't wait for her next CD."
The German Chanel designer, known for his trademark sunglasses, served as a guest editor for Metro at the newspaper's Paris office and made his original comments when asked about his opinion about singer Lana del Rey.
"I prefer Adele and Florence Welch," he said. "But as a modern singer she is not bad. The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice."
Adele has often been criticized about her weight and has talked about it in the press before. In an October 2011 interview with the British edition of Vogue magazine, she said: "I enjoy being me. I always have done. I've seen people where it rules their lives, you know, who want to be thinner or have bigger boobs, and how it wears them down. And I just don't want that in my life."
"It's just never been an issue - at least, I've never hung out with the sort of horrible people who make it an issue," she added. "I have insecurities of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me."
Adele appeared slimmer, particularly around her face, in December, weeks after she underwent surgery on her vocal cords.
Lagerfeld, 78, talked about his own weight loss in his 2005 book, "The Karl Lagerfeld Diet." He says he lost more than 80 pounds in 13 months.
In 2004, after retailer H&M said that its stores would provide larger sizes of several of his designs, he said: "What I created was fashion for slim, slender people."
In 2009, Lagerfeld told the magazine Focus that "no one wants to see curvy women" on a catwalk, adding: "You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly," according to broadcaster Deutsche Welle. He made his comments after German magazine Brigitte said it would only publish photographs of "real women" following complaints from readers.
Lagerfeld also criticized the "kind of woman" who attended the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011 in an interview with Style.com, in which he cited "the bad proportions, the ugly hats, the short skirts on fat legs."
Adele meanwhile is getting ready to perform at the 2012 Grammy Awards on Sunday. This will mark her first time singing live in about five months, when she canceled a sold-out U.S. tour and several UK concerts to undergo vocal cord surgery.
The singer has two Grammys under her belt and is now nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Short Form Music Video for "Rolling In The Deep," Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album for "21" and Best Pop Solo Performance for "Someone Like You." Check out a full list of nominations for the 2012 Grammy Awards.
(Pictured: Adele appears in a photo posted on her Twitter page on Dec. 21, 2011. / Adele performs on the 'Dancing With The Stars' stage on May 10, 2011. / Karl Lagerfeld appears at the Paris offices of the Metro newspaper, as seen in this photo posted on his Twitter page on Feb. 6, 2012.)